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Middlesex

About the Group

The group meets at Field End Junior School, Field End Road, Eastcote, Nr Ruislip, HA4 9PQ (map) 
Contact
Marcelle Maloney
01753 651868
middlesex@hardy-plant.org.uk

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2018 Programme

All meetings commence at 7-15 for 7-45 pm unless otherwise stated

Monday 5th February, 2018 
'A Complete Guide to Clematis'
Peter Skeggs-Gooch

Peter owns Thorncroft Clematis Nursery and has won 10 Gold Medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Show . He will advise on  on how to achieve success with clematis.
Monday 5th March, 2018 
'Topical Tips for the Season'
Andrew Mikolajski

Andrew is an expert gardening author, RHS lecturer and speaker and has written a wide range of books. Andrew will share with his us his tips for getting the garden in shape ahead of the gardening year.
Saturday 14th April, 2018 8-30am to 4-15pm
Passionate about Plants 2018
Haydon School, Wiltshire Lane 
Pinner, HA5 2LX
Our extra special biennial all-day Saturday event which should be a great day out, as usual. We have a terrific celebrity line-up, comprising Annie Godfrey, Frances Tophill, Adam Frost and Nick Hamilton, to entertain and inform us. 
Plants from specialist growers and garden sundries available for sale throughout the day.
See Events page for details
Saturday 21st April, 2018 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Public Plant Sale
The Community Hut (Car Park), St Martins Approach Car Park Ruislip, HA4 8BD
Free Admission
Thursday 3rd May, 2018 at 9-00 am to 6-30 pm 
Coach Trip to Pashley Manor Gardens Tulip Festival 
A day trip to the fabulous Tulip Festival at Pashley Manor with over 40,000 tulips and 112 different varieties planted in garden colour themed rooms.
Cost – £39 (Coach £23, Entrance fee £11, Organised Garden Tour £5)
Friday 11th May, 2018, 2018
Coach Trip to RHS Malvern Spring Festival 
Set against the backdrop of the Malvern Hills, this is the first RHS show of the year and and is the perfect opportunity to prepare for the coming gardening season.
This will be a full day’s trip. Cost – £44 (Coach £24, RHS Group Entrance £20)
Monday 14th May, 2018 
'Plants of the Season'
Paul Green of Greens Leaves Nursery
Greens Leaves specialises in rare and unusual plants from around the world, suitable for growing in the UK. Paul will bring plants for a practical demonstration, covering in particular the merits/vices of the plant, propagation, pruning and best use in the garden.
Saturday 19th May at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Public Plant Sale
The Community Hut (Car Park), St Martins Approach Car Park Ruislip, HA4 8BD
Free Admission
Monday 4th June, 2018
'Bugs and Garden Plagues, Pests and Diseases'
Geoff Hodge
 
Geoff Hodge is a gardening and horticultural writer and the former gardening editor for “Gardening News”. His aim is to help gardeners get the best from their plants and their garden and he will share his expertise on dealing with gardeners’ worst nightmares.
Saturday 9th June at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Public Plant Sale
The Community Hut (Car Park), St Martins Approach Car Park Ruislip, HA4 8BD
Free Admission
Wednesday 27th June, 2018 at 9-15 am to 5-00 pm
Coach Trip to Capel Manor
Capel Manor Gardens  is a 30-acre estate  surrounding a Georgian Manor House and Victorian Stables with richly planted themed gardens. A visit to the nearby Myddleton House Gardens may also be included in the trip.
Cost – £28.50 (Coach £21, Entrance £7.50 including Guided Group Tour).
Saturday 15th July 2018 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Chenies Manor Plant and Garden Fair
Chenies Manor, Chenies Buckinghamshire, WD3 6ER
The Middlesex Group has, for many years, had a stand at this premier Plant and Garden Fair displaying examples of popular hardy plants.
Monday 3rd September, 2018 
‘Sweet Peas/Lathyrus’​
Tom Atherton
Tom is Membership Secretary of the Sweet Pea Society. This is an excellent opportunity to find out everything you need to know about growing these wonderful plants.
Monday 1st October, 2018 
‘The Story of Making Henstead Exotic Garden’
Andrew Brogan of Henstead Exotic Garden, Suffolk

Andrew Brogan created a two acre tropical garden at Henstead Exotic Garden from scratch in ten years.
Come and hear Andrew share his story of how he made this very special garden.
Monday 5th November, 2018 
'Alpines and Bulbs from Mountains to Market'
Rob Potterton

Rob will talk about his memories and experiences travelling with the Alpine Garden Society seed collection expedition to the mountains of south west China. He will also look at the methods used to raise these seeds and establish plants into cultivation.
Monday 3rd December, 2018
‘Seeds’
Paolo Arrigo

Franchi Seeds are the oldest family run seed company in the world. Paolo is Director of Franchi seeds and will share with us his passion for growing the tastiest, freshest food on our plate from seed.
Annual Photographic Competition 2018 – ‘Creative and Innovative Containers’

2017 Programme

6th February, 2017
Nigel Rowland 
'Plants for Shade'

Nigel Rowland is from Long Acre Plants, Somerset who specialise in unusual woodland plants and plants for shade, including Erythronium, Epicedium, hardy ferns, hardy geraniums, snowdrops, hellebores, viola odorata and Hepatica.
Middlesex Group AGM will also be held at this meeting
6th March, 2017
20th Anniversary
'The Creative Shrub Garden'
Andy McIndoe 
Andy McIndoe was formerly with Hilliers and has 25 consecutive Chelsea Gold medals under his belt. Andy will help us make best use of shrubs to create striking and long lasting effects.
3rd April, 2017 
'Hellebores'
Joe Sharman
Joe Sharman is from Monksilver Nursery. He will show the species and the development of our modern garden hellebore hybrids.
5th April, 2017 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Public Plant Sale
The Community Hut (Car Park), St Martins Approach Car Park Ruislip, HA4 8BD
Free Admission
8th May, 2017
'Variegated Delights'
Howard Drury
Howard Drury makes a welcome return to demonstrate the range of variegated hardy plants and the best ways of using them.
20th May, 2017 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Public Plant Sale
The Community Hut (Car Park), St Martins Approach Car Park Ruislip, HA4 8BD
Free Admission 
5th June, 2017
'The Wonderful World of Salvias'
Janet Buist
From her nursery Pennycress Plants, Janet specialises in Salvias and will share her expertise including care of those more tender varieties.
10th June, 2017 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Public Plant Sale
The Community Hut (Car Park), St Martins Approach Car Park Ruislip, HA4 8BD
Free Admission
16th July, 2017 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Chenies Manor Plant and Garden Fair
£10.00 adults, £5.00 children 14 and under
Chenies Manor, Chenies Buckinghamshire, WD3 6ER
The Middlesex Group have for many years had a stand at this premier Plant and Garden Fair displaying examples of popular hardy plants.
4th September, 2017 
'Late Autumn’s Floral Finale'
Dr. Andrew Ward 
Dr. Andrew Ward, of Norwell Nurseries shows us how we can achieve as much colour in October as in June, including hardy Chrysanthemums in the mix.
2nd October, 2017
'Irises – how to grow these exquisite flowers'
Susannah Applegate
Susannah Applegate, with a fully illustrated talk will describe how to source and place these choice plants together with maintenance and care of their flowers.
6th November, 2017
'Dreaming Spires'
Stuart Dixon
Delphiniums, Eremurus, Hollyhocks and more
Stuart Dixon is a lecturer, writer and BBC Radio Nottingham broadcaster who will inspire us to bring these graceful and nostalgic plants into a modern border.
4th December, 2017
Quiz Night
Andrew Babicz is our Quiz Master for a seasonal – and very sociable - evening of quizzing!

2016 Programme

Tuesday 23rd February, 2016 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Winter Plant Sale
Beechwood, Nugents Park, Hatch End, HA5 4RA
Winter-flowering plants - Coffee and bites

Monday 7th March, 2016
'Sissinghurst, revitalising Vita'
Troy Scott Smith

Saturday 9th April, 2016 at 9:45 am - 4:00 pm
Heydon School, Wiltshire Lane, Pinner, HA5 2LX
Passionate About Plants 2016
Our extra special bi-annual all-day Saturday event. With a terrific celebrity line-up this is a great day out. Admission is £25 by ticket only purchased in advance.
There is no ticket purchasing facility at the venue.

Saturday 16th April, 2016 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Public Plant Sale
The Community Hut, St. Martin’s Car Park, Ruislip, HA4 8BD
Free Admission

Saturday 7th May, 2016 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Public Plant Sale
The Community Hut, St. Martin’s Car Park, Ruislip, HA4 8BD
Free Admission

Monday 9th May, 2016
'Making the most of peonies'
Susannah Applegate

Monday 6th June, 2016 
'Secrets of raising plants from seeds'
Howard Drury

Saturday 11th June, 2016 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Public Plant Sale
The Community Hut, St. Martin’s Car Park, Ruislip, HA4 8BD
Free admission

Tuesday 28th June, 2016 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Grimsdyke Hotel Gardens at High Summer
Grim’s Dyke Hotel, Old Redding, Harrow Weald, HA3 6SH (SAT NAV: HA3 6SE)
Garden tour and talk from head gardener Helenka. £10 including refreshments

Sunday 17th July, 2016 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Chenies Plant and Garden Fair
Chenies Manor, Chenies, Buckinghamshire, WD3 6ER
The Middlesex Group have for many years had a stand at this premier Plant and Garden Fair displaying examples of popular hardy plants.
£10.00 adults, £5.00 children 14 and under

Monday 5th September, 2016 
'A guide to pruning & cultivation'
Gerald Greenway

Tuesday 6th September, 2016 at 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Garden Visit - RHS Wisley
RHS Wisley, Wisley, Woking, GU23 6QB
Late Summer Flower Show. This floral extravaganza features more than 60 nurseries and trade stands, the National Dahlia Society Show, floral displays by Surrey NAFAS, expert advice and much more.
£12 for coach journey - entrance free for RHS members

Monday 3rd October, 2016
'Hardy, rare and unusual, but obtainable plants'
Guest Speaker: Kevin Pratt

Monday 7th November, 2016 
'Gone to pot'
Madeleine and John McCormack

Monday 5th December, 2016 
'Success with Christmas pot plants'
Chris Thorne


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